By Angela An
Amanohashidate is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, the other two being Miyajima and Matsushima. Beaches, forested mountains and a sand spit combine to create a magical sight. Located in northern Kyoto prefecture, it is a comfortable and scenic 120 minute ride from Kyoto station or 60 minutes from Maizuru's Cruise Ship Terminal. If you look at it upside down between your legs, you can visualize the sand spit being the bridge to heaven.
There are viewing spots from Amanohashidate and Ichinomiya, the two towns on either side of the sand spit. You can also walk or rent a bicycle and make your way between the two along a gentle avenue lined with over two thousand pine trees. In mid- August this is a great spot to view the Miyazu summer fireworks.